Requiescat in pace.Can someone explain the garb that the late Monsignor is wearing? The mitre, biretta with violet pom, etc. What level of monsignor was he? Was what he was wearing connected to the Ambrosian rite?
I must confess I'm confused on why he is wearing a pontifical dalmatic and a mitre in this one picture, as well as a pectoral cross (on a white/gold cord...which is reserved for the pope) in another. I can only assume it has something to do with the Ambrosian rite, of which I am not familiar.
It would seem to be that he was a canon of the Milanese cathedral, which would also make him a monsignor. Monsignori at some of the older Latin-rite cathedrals, aside from Rome, were granted the privilege of using pontifical vestments; Milan was among these. It would seem as though that included celebration of pontifical Mass at the faldstool, probably only within the diocese of MMilan.